The Final Results Are In! Did the San Angelo ISD Bond Pass or Fail?
SAN ANGELO, TX — According to the Tom Green County elections office, a total of 6,100 votes were counted in the bond election which is less than ten percent of registered voters deciding the $149 million bond.
While the totals are unofficial until the San Angelo ISD School Board officially canvasses the results at a special meeting Monday evening, the results show 3,051 votes were cast against the bond election and 3049 votes were counted for the bond election.
The result reverses results from the end of counting on election day Saturday May 5, where 3,044 ballots were counted in favor of the bond and 3,041 ballots were counted against the bond. If that were the final result, the bond would have passed by three votes.
According to elections administrator Vona Hudson after election day’s results were so close, ““By law, the ballot board reconvenes at an appointed time to process provisional votes and late ballots by mail. They will meet on the 14th. Once they have processed the provisional ballots and any mail ballots that have been received within the deadlines, the qualifying ballots will go to the Tally station to have the vote totals added to the existing totals. No additional votes will be counted until the 14th. After the votes are processed, the reports will be posted on the internet and sent to the school districts for them to canvass the vote. Once the votes have been canvassed, the election will be made official.”
The ballot board met Monday morning at 9 a.m. and began the process of counting provisional ballots and eligible mail in ballots and the results were released at 11:30 a.m. Monday.
The San Angelo ISD board of trustees has a special meeting set for 5:45 p.m. Monday to canvass the results making them final.
The San Angelo ISD released a statement on the failure:
Thank you to everyone who took time to be informed about San Angelo ISD's bond and who exercised their right to vote in the May 5th Election. The election results are finalized and the 2018 San Angelo ISD Bond Referendum did not pass.
Fortunately, we have the privilege of participating in local decisions through an election process, and I'm pleased to see community members participating in that right and privilege. The one key takeaway for all of our community, regardless of your position on the bond proposal, is that your vote truly counts. We honor the voice of our community and the election results illustrate that there is still work and additional facility planning needed by the school district. Local elections matter, and locally is where our voices are heard and our vote makes a tremendous impact.
I would like to acknowledge the hard work of our long-range planning committee for putting together a package that truly prioritized and planned for the needs of our students and staff. Also, I want to thank our school board members for their tireless pursuit in providing our community's children with quality educational facilities and academic programs. We will continue our journey and do everything in our power to ensure our children are receiving a quality educational experience.